20 September 2018

The New School launches initiative to host scholars facing persecution in their home countries

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), as part of its continuous outreach efforts about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shares this article related to Goals 4 and 16, by Professor Arien Mack, who is the Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research. 

20 September 2018 - The New School (United States), a member institution of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), launched an initiative entitled the New University in Exile Consortium, a group of universities and colleges committed to protecting intellectual capital and free inquiry around the world. The Consortium was formed in response to the increasing number of academics persecuted for political reasons, or suffering from war in their home countries. 

So far ten institutions have signed on as founding members of the Consortium, all of whom have committed to hosting at least one endangered scholar for two years. The New School serves as organizer, convener and administrative base for the initiative. The Consortium currently consists of ten hosted scholars from four countries and its goal is to create an active, thriving community among hosted scholars.

This, aiming to reduce the deep sense of dislocation and estrangement that comes with being an exiled scholar. Consortium programming will include seminars, workshops, and conferences designed with and for the scholars that will bring them into frequent contact with each other. The mission of the New University in Exile Consortium builds on the work of Scholar Rescue Fund and Scholars at Risk, two organizations that have assisted academics at risk.  

On 6 September 2018, The New School hosted an event to announce the New University in Exile Consortium. Prominent specialists like Jonathan Fanton, former President of The New School, Kati Marton, distinguished journalist, and David Miliband, International Rescue Committee President and CEO, held a discussion with Alex Aleinikoff, Director of The New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility.

The New University in Exile Consortium was founded and is directed by Professor Arien Mack. The original University in Exile was created in 1933 to save German, largely Jewish, academics and intellectuals whose positions and lives were threatened. Based on its past, The New School believed it had a moral obligation to act in light of the increasing persecution and threats to scholars in many countries.

To learn more about the New University in Exile Consortium, please visit: https://newuniversityinexileconsortium.org/